You can usually prevent workplace accidents. Sometimes the problem lies with the equipment, and sometimes it results from a lack of attention or personal error. The old adage says “better safe than sorry,” so employ these guideline to help avoid personal injury accidents at work.
- Don’t bring your problems from home to work. Thinking of something else will make you lose focus and might result in an accident. If you think you can’t safely handle it, talk about it with your employer. Explain your situation and ask to take a couple of days of vacation to cool off. If you think you can handle it, keep you mind focused on the work you do. Try to solve any problems you might have before work or leave them for after. Also, don’t get distracted by things going on around you. Ask your coworkers to keep quiet if they distract you. Your personal safety should remain paramount.
- Take you time to read and learn the safety procedures. Accidents can happen to anyone, otherwise we wouldn’t have safety procedures in place. Even if you have a lot of experience, it doesn’t mean you’re invincible. Arrogance equals danger. Keep in mind that not paying enough attention because you “know” what you’re doing is not only potentially harmful to you but also to those around you. Safety procedures help you stay safe and prevent possible accidents.
- Don’t rush into things. If you have a deadline you don’t think you will make, talk to your boss. Explain why it will take longer and try to work out a solution. Taking shortcuts can prove dangerous. It’s better to do things with calm than to screw it up and put your personal safety in jeopardy.
- To avoid failing to meet deadlines and having to take shortcuts, have a clear schedule for your work. Plan everything from beginning to end. This helps you avoid safety problems and makes you more efficient. It also keeps your mind more organized and focused on what you need to accomplish.
- Check the equipment you use periodically. You never know when something might go wrong, so take the time every once in a while to check to ensure you have everything in place and functioning according to normal parameters. If you see something go wrong, don’t start fixing it yourself if it’s not your area of expertise. Just stop working and get maintenance personnel to fix the problem. Getting into things you don’t know much about can prove a threat to personal safety.
- Personal injury accidents at work do happen. Don’t disregard your personal safety for any reason.
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About the Author: Andrew Reinert is a health care professional who loves to share different tips on health and personal care. He is a regular contributor to MegaHowTo and lives in Canada.